I will be staying in an apartment at the south end of Waikkiki for three weeks in a few days. I've been reading the Hawaii board for a few days and taking copious notes. I'd love to get some opinions on places on my list to check out.
While I do plan to eat out a fair amount, I love to cook and since I have access to a kitchen, plan do do so frequently. My goal is to focus on local fish/produce as I much as I can. Would love it if you could share your favorite local fish and preparation methods.
I've made a list of markets/farmers markets to check out. KCC, Ono Hawaiin foods, Hilo farmers market, Oahu Market. I'm wondering if there is anything in my hood that will be good for staples, wine etc. I wish I could remember what the street/cross street is where I'll be at. I just know it's south Waikkiki.
I understand you can by fish from fisherman along the highway. Is this pretty much any day of the week? Any tips about that?
I'm not looking for anything high end, restaurant wise. Casual, non-fussy fun atmosphere is important. I would like to find a good sushi spot that is relatively inexpensive near my hood for repeat visits. I don't have any leads on that. Want to visit Whole Ox, Helena's, Rainbow Drive Inn, Side Street Inn.
I need to find a fun/charming place for a birthday meal for a adult that isn't picky and that won't break the bank but will be memorable. The experience for him is probably worth more than super fantastic food. Ideas?
And finally, I hate to say this but I may very well be dying for some French, Italian or Californian food after Hawaiin overload. I've never seen any mentioned on the board. Any options?
Oh and one more thing. How are the tomatoes on Oahu?